GRANITE BAY, Calif. (KTXL) — Eighteen Chihuahuas were found abandoned inside a Granite Bay home on Monday after Placer County deputies responded to a suspicious circumstances call.
“When deputies arrived, they located three dogs in front of the house. And then realized that the home had been vacant,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Angela Musallam said.
More dogs were found inside the home on Crown Point Vista Road, off Auburn Folsom Road.
“Deputies also found 15 puppies who were actually inside a closet,” Musallam said.
Authorities reported there were blankets and food in the closet and a water bowl in the center of a room, but the dogs were living in filthy conditions.
“Upon walking through that house, I mean, it was very clear that these puppies were abandoned because there was urine and feces all around the house,” Musallam said.
Placer County Animal Control Services was called to come rescue the dogs.
“As of now, there is nothing that leads us to believe that anything criminal occurred, unless somebody comes to us with a tip and has a different story,” Musallam told FOX40.
The county says the dogs are in good health and currently living with a foster family. All 18 dogs are on a two-week hold before they can be adopted.
“We’re very happy that these puppies are now in safe hands,” Musallam said.
For information on how you can adopt any of the dogs deputies found, click or tap here.
If anyone has information on who may have abandoned the puppies, call the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at 530-889-7830.